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Broken shoe foot and lost battery cover

Where and how can i get this parts for vivitar 283

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Go on google then click on shop it is te best way to buy items hope this helps.

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The hotshoe foot on my Vivitar DF-383 flash unit is broken. Where can get a replacement part?


Don't buy anything before you shop the bay and craiglook.com (don't put in a zip code) for another flash. Often a used flash is reasonably close to the price of a new part. Your flash may be worth the repair, I am not looking at it so I can't say.

If you want to get a part, and if the flash is a few years old, there will be broken models for sale everywhere. And Photo.net has a forum for everything related to cameras. I often get parts sent to me free even though I am willing to pay for them. Someone will have the part you need.

Other than that you can call the maker and ask if they will send you a part free. I am amazed by how many companies are willing to send free parts on things that should not have broken. It never hurts to ask.

Best wishes.

Oct 09, 2010 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Hi my name is Curtis can you tell me IF my Vivitar 283 flash will work on my c-750 Olympus, TTL camera it have an hot shoe,but flash don,t fire. I have talked to Olympus about it(on answer). I took it to a...


No the 283 is not compatible with your camera. The 283 is manual only and not TTl. The canon flash is also not compatible with your Olympus. You need an olympus compatible flash.

Nov 16, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Attaching (VV-283F) Vivitar 283 foot


Use Red wire to Center.Use Black wire to Ground.Other two, just insulated them.a.l9609@gmail.com

Feb 28, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Battery holder for Vivitar 283 is broken. Can I get a replacement


I think there are some listed on Ebay-check it out.

Dec 27, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 283 won't flash, exept through pc terminal


Hi if it is a Japanese 283, CAREFUL, you are working with ~300V
remove the sensor from the front. Short out the terminals at 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock with eg a paper clip, and then charge up the flash . Short the centre terminal with the one at 7 o'clock. If the flash fires, then it probably needs a replacement hot shoe from ebay. If it doesn't, it is a simple job to fix for an electronics worker. Manuals are available on ebay.
I repeat, careful with the Japanese flashes, you will have ~300 volts near you fingers, so if you are less than 100% confident that you won't blow the top of a finger (or worse), get an electronics worker to look at it.
Don't use the ebay hot shoes on a 300 volt flash, you will have the 300 volts out in the open and ready to bite you - have a look how well hidden the second contact is on the Vivitar plastic hot shoe.
Good luck the Feral Photographer

Dec 14, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Shoe Mount


You can get this at below 8$

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vivitar-283-285-285HV-Flash-Metal-Replacement-Foot-NEW_W0QQitemZ160359960375QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera_Flash_Accessories?hash=item255632cf37

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Vivatar 283 and Nikon D70s


The Vivitar 283 was manufactured in China & Japan over a number of years & the specifications did change over this period.

The older Vivitar flashes had a voltage on the shoe which could reach 150 volts whilst the later ones had voltages of only 5 to 9 volts.

If you have, or can get hold of, a small voltmeter then you can measure this voltage.
Turn on your flash & let the unit charge up to 'ready' & connect the meter between the contact in the centre of the shoe & the little contact tucked away in the lip of the shoe. (DC volts not AC) There is no danger to you in doing this!
This should tell the voltage on the shoe of your unit & if it is 15 volts or less, it will be fine with your digital Nikon camera. If more than 15 volts than best not to use it.

Hope this is of some help!

Mar 10, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Replacement screw for flash foot


Get screw form hardware store.
Just get it a little bigger.

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Mar 07, 2008 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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